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OceanFirst Grant To Support CPC's Work to Create Healthier & More Equitable Communities

Funds will help ensure individuals with diverse linguistic backgrounds have immediate access to mental health support.

At a recent board meeting of the OceanFirst Foundation, CPC Integrated Health was awarded a grant in the amount of $6,300 to further the work of providing inclusive and accessible mental health services across Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Pictured here at the check presentation at the CPC Administrative Office in Eatontown, NJ is Sharon M. Frankli, VP, Branch Manager, OceanFirst Bank; Dan Burns, Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer, CPC Integrated Health; Lynn Lucarelli, VP & Chief Development Officer, CPC Integrated Health, and Katherine Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation.

The generous grant from OceanFirst will support CPC's work to create healthier and more equitable communities. Funds will bolster existing programming providing translation services through use of a “Language Line.” During a crisis especially, the Language Line becomes a critical tool for CPC counselors and staff---enabling them to connect and respond, both quickly and compassionately. Breaking down language barriers helps to ensure that individuals with diverse linguistic backgrounds have equal access to mental health support, and helps to address disparities among different language communities. Using the Language Line in addition to the expertise of our bilingual staff, all CPC counselors are better equipped to respond to the needs of our communities---with dignity and compassion. When communication is clear and counseling is delivered in a culturally sensitive manner, outcomes are better, unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency room visits are avoided, and more time can be spent increasing the support needed for things such as housing, employment, legal support, food insecurity and other health linkages.

"As an organization dedicated to fostering a more equitable, accessible, and fully integrated system of care for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, CPC is most grateful for this special gift which will help improve the lives of individuals and families in our communities." said Vera Sansone, President & CEO of CPC Integrated Health.

Through the philanthropy of our community, and grants such as this most recent gift from OceanFirst, CPC can ensure that everyone has access to care whenever they need it. Many thanks to our supporters at OceanFirst!


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